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Takes high expectations into playoff game against Alberta today

It's hard to imagine that at just the tender age of 29, Brad Gushue has the second-longest tenure of skips at the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier.

In his seventh national championship, the popular Newfoundland and Labrador skip sits behind only Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton's eight in most appearances at the position.

Team Newfoundland skip Brad Gushue reacts to a shot in a game against Nova Scotia during the 2010 Tim Horton's Brier on Monday- Photo by The Canadian Press

It's hard to imagine that at just the tender age of 29, Brad Gushue has the second-longest tenure of skips at the 2010 Tim Hortons Brier.

In his seventh national championship, the popular Newfoundland and Labrador skip sits behind only Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton's eight in most appearances at the position.

Prior to the competition, Gushue went out on a limb, suggesting a playoff berth was virtually guaranteed. He nearly ate those words, requiring a win in his last round-robin game to get into today's Page 3-4 playoff (12:30 p.m. NT) against Alberta's Kevin Koe.

"It's very tough to win (a Brier)," Gushue said before the event even took flight. "You have a number of very good teams and it comes down to who gets hot on the weekend.

"It's not the most difficult event in the world to make playoffs in, but to pull it out you're playing a lot of good teams and generally teams that are playing pretty well at that point."

Gushue and teammates Mark Nichols, Ryan Fry and Jamie Korab have experienced an up and down week at the Halifax Metro Centre, finishing fourth at 8-3, but Gushue still described the week as "the worst we've played" at a Brier.

"I just think we're a better team than what we were at the last few Briers, so my expectations are higher for our team than, say, three or four years ago," Gushue said. "The play might be exactly the same, it's just that I expect more. Once you get to that level, you want it every time, and I guess that's where I am."

What he is, is a perfectionist and it's been that way since he won a gold medal at the 2006 Olympic Games.

"My teammates know that. That's why they love me and that's why they hate me," he said bluntly.

The winner of the Gushue-Koe game will advance to tonight's semifinal (8 p.m.) against the loser of Friday's first Page playoff game between unbeaten Glenn Howard of Ontario (11-0) and second-place finisher Brad Jacobs of Northern Ontario.

The Friday winner and semifinal victor meet in Sunday's championship game.In other words, for Gushue to win it all, he must beat Koe today and then Jacobs and Howard, in some order, depending on Friday's result, which was unavailable at The Telegram's press deadline.

More Brier coverage, page B13

Organizations: Halifax Metro Centre

Geographic location: Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba Ontario Northern Ontario

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  • Gord
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Hi

    I would like to congratulate the Gushue Rink on your showing at the Tim Horton's 2010 Brier.

    1. As a NL'er I am very proud of your team's accomplishments to date but there are certainly area's of growth required before you will be a serious contender.

    2. Right now I would rank you guys, Newfoundland and Labrado,r at best 4th-6th in men's curling.

    3. As skip Brad you yourself still needs to mature, maintain your composure and address the needs of the team behind close doors, not in front of a national audience with microphones and cameras everwhere.

    4. Korab, your junior years are behind you and now is the time for you to become a man. Give up your adolescent behavior : waving at the camera, licking out your tongue and your unique hair styles. This sort of behavior does absolutely nothing for your image

    To be the top's in the country and be the best in any sport is not easy guys. You guys are getting there and I am sure the best for this team is yet to come. I have been one of your mainstays along the way and I will be there with you once you get there.

    I hope Team Gushue you read this comment and take the positives from it.

    All the best
    Gord

  • James
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    With his last rock in the first end, Gushue demonstrated yet again that he cannot control what Russ Howard calls his inclination to play hero. It also demonstrated that he lacks the maturity and deciveness needed to beat even skips of his own age. Rather than freeze his last rock to Alberta's shot rock on the button, which would very possibly have given him a steal of one or at worst limit Alberta to one, Gushue went with the low percentage double take-out - taking out his second shot rock in the process. Admittedly it wasn't his first choice of shots but he was talked into it by Fry and the others. It hasn't got much better since then. Whether NL wins or loses today's match (now 4-1 in the 5th) will not silence the critics of this talented but undisciplined, poorly led, and relatively immature team. A gold medal to their credit notwithstanding, only time will tell whether their enormous investment of time and resources in the game will ultimately produce a consistent, solid performer the calibre of Martin, Ferby and the Howards. Their HEAD coach, Ken Bagnall, has his work cut out for him.

  • Gord
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Hi

    I would like to congratulate the Gushue Rink on your showing at the Tim Horton's 2010 Brier.

    1. As a NL'er I am very proud of your team's accomplishments to date but there are certainly area's of growth required before you will be a serious contender.

    2. Right now I would rank you guys, Newfoundland and Labrado,r at best 4th-6th in men's curling.

    3. As skip Brad you yourself still needs to mature, maintain your composure and address the needs of the team behind close doors, not in front of a national audience with microphones and cameras everwhere.

    4. Korab, your junior years are behind you and now is the time for you to become a man. Give up your adolescent behavior : waving at the camera, licking out your tongue and your unique hair styles. This sort of behavior does absolutely nothing for your image

    To be the top's in the country and be the best in any sport is not easy guys. You guys are getting there and I am sure the best for this team is yet to come. I have been one of your mainstays along the way and I will be there with you once you get there.

    I hope Team Gushue you read this comment and take the positives from it.

    All the best
    Gord

  • James
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    With his last rock in the first end, Gushue demonstrated yet again that he cannot control what Russ Howard calls his inclination to play hero. It also demonstrated that he lacks the maturity and deciveness needed to beat even skips of his own age. Rather than freeze his last rock to Alberta's shot rock on the button, which would very possibly have given him a steal of one or at worst limit Alberta to one, Gushue went with the low percentage double take-out - taking out his second shot rock in the process. Admittedly it wasn't his first choice of shots but he was talked into it by Fry and the others. It hasn't got much better since then. Whether NL wins or loses today's match (now 4-1 in the 5th) will not silence the critics of this talented but undisciplined, poorly led, and relatively immature team. A gold medal to their credit notwithstanding, only time will tell whether their enormous investment of time and resources in the game will ultimately produce a consistent, solid performer the calibre of Martin, Ferby and the Howards. Their HEAD coach, Ken Bagnall, has his work cut out for him.